RTW runners weekly roundup – 16th March 2020

Welcome to our third weekly roundup for 2020!

The weekend of 21st and 22nd March saw the first ever cancellation of parkrun events across the globe due to the Coronavirus outbreak. However, it was good to see that many of our runners still got out and about, putting in some miles for our team in the Vitality Running World Cup! The weekend also saw the launch of “5k your way” and our first ever live WhatsApp group chat session!

Training this week:

Monday 16th March turned out to be our final “all abilities” group (for now) and saw 7 people complete our popular “parlauf” (pairs relay) session over a distance of 400m. Well done to Gem, Kate, John, Lynne, Matt, Harry and Rose for working well and completing a strong session.


Cancelled for the forseeable future.

A reminder that if you have yet to do so, you can assign yourself to the running club “RTW runners” within your parkrun profile. This allows us to see who has run at which parkrun events and is also a great way to show your representation for our group!

Vitality Running World Cup:

The UK were drawn against Romania in the quarter finals and it was great to see so many of team “RTW runners” putting in some miles for the United Kindom. Only qualifying runs which were completed and uploaded over the weekend of 21st and 22nd March counted towards the United Kingdom’s total. I’m pleased to announce that the UK were successful in overcoming Romania and progress to the semi-finals of the competition where they will face the “Smaller European Nations” team!

“5k your way”:

On Friday, Joe launched an initiative to keep the group moving at 9am on a Saturday morning and a number of the group shared pictures from their solo morning runs:

RTW runners group WhatsApp chat:

Sundy morning saw the first of our weekly group chats and proved to be a big success. Topics covered in our first session included; running with music, distraction tactics for running alone and how to keep motived during isolation.

Our next group chat will take place at 19:30 this evening (Monday 23rd March 2020) and we shall continue to hold these group chats each Sunday 09:00-09:45 and Monday 19:30-20:30 until we can return to our RunTogether sessions.

If you would like to be added to this chat, please e-mail Joe – joewatts@plegafit.com or send a message to him on 07743 073788.

RTW runners club vests:

Whilst we cannot physically “RunTogether” we still can represent the group.

We have a limited supply of club vests which cost just £20 each and are made of light & breathable fabric; ladies size 14 (x2), size 12 (x5), size 10 (x2); gents size small (x2) and one each of medium and large.

Please e-mail Joe if you would like to order one – joewatts@plegafit.com and he will arrange delivery at no extra cost.

Future events:

Vitality Running World Cup – log your runs for the United Kingdom and team “RTW runners” between March 28th – 00:00am and March 29th – 23:59pm and don’t forget that the clocks go forward on Sunday morning, so there is one less hour to get those runs logged!

Finally, a reminder that all RunTogether group sessions until the end of April 2020 at the earliest are cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic . We await further guidance from both the Government and England Athletics as to when we can return, so in the meantime practice social distancing and run solo!

Keep social – please do keep in touch with us and fellow runners. You can follow us on Twitter @RTWrunners and Facebook and share pictures with Joe on Instagram @plegafit

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